The town of Oranienbaum-Wörlitz is south of Coswig (Anhalt), to the northeast is Lutherstadt Wittenberg, and due east is Kemberg. You’d think that with all this fantastic real estate surrounding it, that’s what one would remember most.
The memory of Oranienbaum-Wörlitz isn’t even in the fact that you’ll find it on the Oranier Route, a scenic route all about the House of Orange.
What stands out is this place of just under 8,700 residents once had 12 breweries. ;-)
I’m not kidding about the breweries, but I am kidding about not remembering much else. How could anyone possibly forget about the countryside that sits right at the foot of the Düben Heath, and lies within UNESCO’s Middle Elbe Biosphere Reserve?
The town of Oranienbaum itself hosts an annual Orange Festival in May, a Park Festival in June, and has a gorgeous Christmas Market. No leaving before you’ve visited the 18th century Baroque church, OK?
What about Wörlitz itself, you ask? It is pretty awesome. People flock to the Wörlitz Lake and its sand dunes for some watersporting recreational fun. Plus the lake is also a musical venue, with all sorts of concerts taking place here.
And not to be outdone in the festival department, Wörlitz hosts a Spring Festival just after the Spring Equinox, an annual Pottery Market (last weekend of August), celebrates Heritage Day on the second Sunday in September, and has its very own Christmas Market on the first weekend of Advent.
Just the same here in Wörlitz as in Oranienbaum — you can’t move on to anything else before you’ve at least stopped at the Church of St. Peter, albeit a neo-Gothic style church this time.
What? No castle? Of course there’s a castle. Schloss Oranienbaum, which is more like a palace, really. Sorry, if you’re on a hunt for a dark, draughty, dreary medieval one — you’re not gonna find it. This is bright, cheery, ornately decorated castle, fit for the House of Orange that still rules over a European country to this day (not Germany though).
No, it’s not easy to forget Oranienbaum-Wörlitz — and I most certainly wouldn’t want to.